Category: Frugal Tips

Brand Name vs. No-name Brand: A Price Comparison

I like Yoplait yogurt. I really like Yoplait yogurt, actually. In fact, no other yogurt will do. Dannon? Sorry, not for me. Generic brands? Not a chance. As I was scarfing down a Yoplait Strawberry Kiwi yogurt (easily the best flavor), I wondered how much my commitment to Yoplait is costing me. After examining my …

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5 Things Growing up on a Farm Taught Me About Finances

In my youth, I had the lucky chance to be raised on a farm in Iowa. Growing up I thought a lot differently and hated going out to do chores, shoveling pig manure, or walking beans. At the time it felt pointless, and I felt like free labor to my dad, Grandpa, and uncle. Without …

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7 Common Missed Fees That You Need to Avoid

Thought we would republish this post from early 2013 as some of the information is still helpful and we’re always wanting to avoid those fees!  This past month, when I went to pay my mortgage, I noticed that they were charging me an extra $7.99 fee for paying my balance due. I thought this was …

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How to Save Money on Lawn Care (Do it Yourself Tips)

In a bad economy it’s always hard to save money on lawn care, and at the same time you don’t want your lawn to look like a jungle. If you live a suburban lifestyle as well you don’t want your lawn to be the talk of the neighborhood. Since going from being raised on a …

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7 Potential Ways to Save Money as a Stay-at-home Mom

“Behind every good man is a better woman.” That is a saying I firmly believe after being married to my wife for 11 years now. After our first child was born in 2004 my wife and I decided to have my wife be a stay-at-home mom from that point on (or at least for one year). One …

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How to Make Swiffer Wet Jet Refill

About six years ago I was sick of paying $4.99 for the Swiffer Wet Jet Refills and wanted a cheaper solution. I could have gone with the classical mop and bucket route, but I liked the design and functionality of the Swiffer Wet Jets. So I started playing around with refill bottles and started looking …

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Minimalism – How Owning Less Stuff Will Save You Money

In 2008, I first heard of this crazy concept called “Minimalism“. It was where people were purposely removing unneeded stuff from their lives, because they didn’t want their possessions weighing them down. “Who were these strange people?” From reading Unclutterer.com I’d came upon this way-of-life, which was completely contradictory to everything I’d been taught as an …

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What’s Your Oldest Appliance?

In 2010, my wife and I moved into a home built in the early 80’s. One of the first things we did was replace most of the kitchen appliances that had been there since the original owner moved in. While I hate to admit it, this was more of an aesthetic choice than a functional one. …

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10 Ways to Save Money on Fixed Expenses

The other day I had an interesting conversation with my eight year old son in the car about debt. He asked me, “Dad, why don’t you and mom have a lot of debt? Why do you think it’s bad?” I responded, “Well, Elijah, your mom and I don’t want to be a slave to the …

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Ooma Phone Review 2018 – Six Years Later

Six years ago I switched from Vonage to Ooma home phone service in an attempt to save money on our monthly phone bills. In February 2012, I determined that I’d had enough of the $35.75/month (after all the taxes and fees) I was paying with Vonage. At the time I’d had a couple of friends that …

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